Paul Beesemyer joined the California Housing Partnership in 2000. As Director of Southern California, Paul oversees all of the Partnership’s Southern California housing finance consultants and assists Southern California’s nonprofit housing community and public agencies in the areas of affordable housing finance, real estate development, preservation of at-risk housing, and general housing policy. His career in housing began in 1996 and since then he has conducted numerous seminars and trainings and authored several publications, including The Tax Credit Turns Fifteen, a risk analysis of California’s early Tax Credit portfolio. In addition, Paul has worked with the City of Los Angeles Housing Department to develop a comprehensive policy for the preservation of at-risk housing and has advised the City on the creation and implementation of a new preservation ordinance.
Prior to joining the California Housing Partnership, Paul developed affordable housing as senior project manager for the Los Angeles Community Design Center, where he managed affordable housing and community development projects serving families, seniors, and various special-needs populations. He is knowledgeable in the use of a wide range of community development financing tools, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bond financing, and a variety of public funding programs administered at the local, state, and Federal levels.
Paul received a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sherin joined the California Housing Partnership’s Southern California team in 2016. As a Senior Housing Finance Consultant, she provides financial consulting, technical assistance, and training to our nonprofit and government clients. Prior to joining the Partnership, Sherin was an underwriter with Chase Community Development Banking in New York City and Los Angeles, where she underwrote over $200 million in construction and permanent loans, financing over 2,350 units of affordable housing in six states. As a Housing Fellow with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Sherin created a database and methodologies to track funding sources and development outcomes of then-mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan. With the NYC Housing Development Corporation, she helped to close construction financing on one of the first HUD RAD/IRP conversions in the nation.
Sherin earned a Master of Science in Urban Public Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy (The New School, NYC) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Deanna joined the California Housing Partnership in 2015. As Housing Finance Consultant she provides financial consulting, technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government clients throughout Southern California. Prior to joining the Partnership, Deanna developed low-income housing as Senior Project Manager for A Community of Friends where she managed the development of permanent supportive housing projects serving special-needs populations utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, and various federal and local financing programs. Deanna is knowledgeable in the use of project-based operating subsidies, including project-based Section 8 and Shelter Plus Care. Deanna is also experienced with at-risk preservation and secondary market securitizations. Throughout her career, Deanna has been involved in the development of approximately 1,300 units of affordable housing totalling approximately $150 million in financing.
Deanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. She has completed the LISC Advanced Housing Development Training Institute and is certified as a LEED Green Associate.
Michael Claproth joined the California Housing Partnership in 2019. As Sustainable Housing Program Associate, Michael assists in developing and managing sustainable housing programs intended to increase access to energy efficient tools and practices for low-income and vulnerable communities.
Prior to joining the California Housing Partnership, Michael was a researcher at the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation where his main focus was providing support to the Homelessness Policy Research Institute through conducting research, providing data analysis, and developing policy briefs. In addition to researching issues of homelessness, Michael also worked to address issues of criminal justice through the Price Center’s work on Fair Chance Hiring Policies. Michael spearheaded a project to develop and distribute a comprehensive survey of Los Angeles employers to gather data on Fair Chance Hiring in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Price Center for Social Innovation, Michael worked at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments where he managed the SGV Go Green program – a sustainable energy program tailored for small businesses. His efforts on this program included developing program metrics and reporting protocols, providing education and outreach, and building program partnerships.
Michael earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California with a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, and holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication and Public Relations from California State University, Los Angeles.
Ben Creed joined the California Housing Partnership in 2019. He previously worked as a project manager at West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation. At WHCHC, Ben contributed to eight developments in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood comprising 431 units of affordable housing for low- to extremely low-income households, including 129 units for residents with special needs. He has experience with funding sources including CTCAC (9% and 4% LIHTC), CDLAC (tax-exempt private activity bonds), FHLBSF (AHP), HCD (MHP and IIG), CalHFA (MHSA/SNHP), LACDA/LACDC/HACoLA (NPLH, NOFA, and PBV), Brilliant Corners, LA County DHS (FHSP), LA County DMH (MHSA/SNHP), HCIDLA (HHH), HACLA (PBV), City of West Hollywood, CSH (NGF), and CCRC. Prior to WHCHC, Ben worked in operations and finance at The California Wellness Foundation in Los Angeles and the Charles H. Revson Foundation in New York City. He is a longtime volunteer advocate for safe and sustainable transportation.
A graduate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Basic and Advanced Housing Development Training Institute (HDTI), Ben has an M.A. in Spanish Language and Translation from NYU Madrid and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College. He was raised in Mitchell-Lama affordable housing in New York City.
Blanca E. de la Cruz
Blanca joined the California Housing Partnership in 2014. As Sustainable Housing Program Director, she develops and runs programs to increase our Southern California partners’ access to energy efficiency and other resources contributing to the long-tern sustainability and preservation of housing affordable to low-income people. She leads advocacy work involving energy efficiency and renewable programs in the Los Angeles region. She also assists with the Partnership’s Green Rental homes Energy Efficiency Network (GREEN) membership and GREEN Newsletter. Blanca recently led an On-Bill Payment (OBR) Financing test pilot in Southern California that incorporated utility incentive programs. In addition, Blanca provides support in implementing the Low Income Weatherization Program for large multifamily buildings statewide as well as the Partnership’s ongoing advocacy efforts in sustainable housing.
Prior to joining CHPC, Blanca worked at the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (CDC) for five years where she managed the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing. She also coordinated CDC’s sustainable development initiatives. Prior to joining CDC, Blanca was a Project Manager at East LA Community Corporation. Blanca has more than 10 years of experience in the field of affordable housing. Blanca received a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.A. in International Development Studies and Latin American Literature from UC Berkeley.
Chad Horsford joined the California Housing Partnership in 2018. Chad has worked in the affordable housing field for over four years, first in acquisitions at Abode Communities and then in project management at PATH Ventures. During that time, he has contributed to the acquisition and financing of over 500 units of affordable housing throughout the Southern California region. Chad has experience working with a variety of federal and local funding sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD Section 202 financing, AHSC, IIG, and LA City and Country funding sources. In his acquisitions role, Chad analyzed and structured acquisition/rehab and new construction opportunities across the State. Prior to working in affordable housing development, he worked at the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity where he used data analysis to support social movement research on equity, immigration, and environmental justice issues.
Chad earned his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA with a concentration in Community Economic Development and Housing, and holds a B.A. in Sociology and Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College.